Friday, March 20, 2015

Call for Papers and Awards Accepting Submissions Now

Here’s another look at some future conference proposals that can include topics regard the study of Children’s Literature:

      Reflections on Revenge: an International Conference on the Culture and Politics of Vengeance
-       Dates: 2/3/4 September 2015
-       Location: University of Leicester
-       Topic Highlights: “What motivates revenge, what course does it run, and what is it’s impact on individuals, societies and global history… this interdisciplinary conference will ask who seeks revenge and why, how it is done, how it is justified, how it is represented, how it feels to get revenge or be on the receiving end. This includes revenge starting with the smallest workplace slights, through family disputes and lynch mobs, to political violence, war and terrorism.”
-       Instructions: Please submit a 250 word abstract via email to by April 2nd, 2015.
-       Website:

Through Opposition and Commonality: The Role and Depiction of the Arts and Sciences in Young Adult Literature
-       Dates: Nov. 12-15, 2015
-       Location: Midwest Modern Language Association, Columbus, OH
-       Topic Highlights: “Common depictions of dystopian cityscapes and rural pastorality, as in John Green’s Looking for Alaska (2006), indicate the danger in not only overly embracing technological advances, but also the very messages that governments and leaders encourage audiences to believe and support. In such instances, cultural participants are suggested to be cautious and thoughtful in what ideologies they embrace and act upon. Likewise, in Rainbow Rowell’s realistic fictional text Eleanor and Park (2013), the significance of challenging often self-imposed societal and cultural binaries depicts the way in which opposing traditional hegemonic discourses and structures allows for growth and, sometimes, salvation. Across genres, such literatures are questioning and challenging notions of the impact arts and science have on local, national and global scales. In keeping with the conference theme, “Arts and Sciences,” this panel seeks to explore the ways in which Young Adult Literatures question, investigate, challenge, impact and transform the function of arts and sciences.”
-       Instructions: Inquiries and/or abstracts of 250-300 words may be sent to Amberyl Malkovich at by April 5, 2015.


  Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature:
-       Bookbird: A Journal of International Children's Literature (ISSN 0006 7377) is a refereed journal published quarterly by IBBY
-       Highlights: “Invites contributions for a special issue exploring Indigenous Children’s Literature from around the world. Taking our cue from studies like Clare Bradford’s germinal Unsettling Narratives, which examines First Nations’ issues in texts by Indigenous and non-Indigenous authors, this issue welcomes articles that focus on texts for children and young adults by Indigenous/Native/Aboriginal/First Nations authors. Topics might include, but are not limited to: nations within and across nations, decolonization and survivance, orality and storytelling, history and context, formation of identity, borders and journeys, place and the natural world, spirituality and sacred folkways, origin stories and the trickster figure, tribal politics and sovereignty, community and culture.”
-       Instructions: Full papers should be submitted to the editor, Björn Sundmark (, and guest editor, Roxanne Harde (, by 1 July 2015.
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CHILDREN'S RIGHTS and CHILDREN'S LITERATURE (Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn)
-       Accepted articles will appear in issue 40.2 (2016) of The Lion and the Unicorn
-       Topic Highlights: “Seeking papers that investigate the intersections between the histories, theories, and practices of children's rights and children's literature. In response to the ratification of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) in 1989, advocates and scholars have debated the necessity and revealed the complexity of defining and implementing children's rights across the globe. Critical discourse on children's rights, however, has not yet fully examined the role that children's literature plays in shaping, promoting, implementing and interrogating children's rights. This special issue invites scholars to explore the connections between the institutions of children's rights and children's literature.”
-       Instructions: Essays should be sent to guest editors Lara Saguisag and Matthew B. Prickettat by May 31, 2015. Submissions should be 15-20 pages (4000-6000 words)
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-       Accepted essays will appear in the 2017 issue.
-       Topic Highlights: “This special issue of The Lion and the Unicorn invites submissions focused on children’s literature of the First World War from a variety of international perspectives. Among other things, essays could focus on: Constructions of “home” and “front” as made by civilians and soldiers in poetry, prose, and illustrations; The role of the coming centenary in modern reconstructions of the First World War; The significance of local and national borderlands and boundaries, includingconceptualizations and reconceptualizations of “no man’s land”; Intersections of childish/adult patterns of language in the war poetry of young soldiers such as Robert Graves, David Jones, Wilfred Owen, and Siegfried Sassoon; Collisions and explosions of memory and experience in experimental writing; Responses to the war in the children’s literature of neutral countries, American representations of the Great War, both before and after April 6, 1917; Escape narratives written by or about children; Child heroism narratives, including propaganda narratives of domestic heroism such asparticipation in victory gardens and scrap collection efforts; Limitations of language in writing about “unspeakable events” for children, particularly in the nonfiction texts that have been marketed to popular audiences or to classrooms; Visual representations of the First World War in graphic novels, including work by Jacques Tardi and Jean-PierreVerney, Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild, Wayne Vansant, Pat Millsand Joe Colquhoun; The reshaping of personal and national memory and identity in children’s war narratives; The influence of militarism and pacifism on war narratives and propaganda narratives atdifferent stages of the war.”
-       Instructions: Essays should be approximately 8,000 words in length. Please email your essay as a Word attachment to Dr. Jacquilyn Weeks at by July 1, 2016. Accepted essays will appear in the 2017 issue. Or, if you prefer, you can mail a hard copy to Dr. Weeks at: Department of English, Cavanaugh Hall 502L, IUPUI, 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

 Eleventh-Annual Wonderland Award:
-       WHAT: Explore, explain, analyze, and interpret the works of Lewis Carroll
-       WHO: All graduate and undergraduate students in all fields of study, currently enrolled in accredited California colleges and universities are eligible to participate
-       AWARD: First prize is $2,500; Second prize is $1,500
-       WHEN: Deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 1, 2015; winners will be announced at an award reception in Doheny Library on Friday, April 24, 2015.
-       About the Award: “The Wonderland Award is an annual multidisciplinary competition that encourages new scholarship and creative work related to Lewis Carroll (1832–1898). The award was established in 2004 with the sponsorship of Linda Cassady. The 1st award was made in spring 2005; speaking at that event was the great-granddaughter of Alice, Vanessa St. Clair. Since then, there have been more than 300 student submissions and the success of the program prompted USC to open the competition to students from other Southern California colleges and universities.”

Good luck to you and your submissions!

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